Border Patrol agents stopped a car headed north out of San Diego County this week and found nearly 27 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in three car booster seats — and each drug-stuffed seat had been occupied by a child.
The stop happened Tuesday morning as a Nissan Pathfinder was headed north on Interstate 15, just past the U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint north of Rainbow, the agency said in a news release.
Officials did not say what prompted agents to pull over the SUV, carrying a couple and their four children.
Agents brought a drug-sniffing dog to the SUV, and the dog got a hit on three booster seats, each of which had had a child in it when the SUV was stopped.
A search of the seats turned up several bags of meth worth what the agency said was an estimated street value of $60,000.
The driver was a U.S. citizen. The driver and the drugs were turned over to a Riverside County-based drug trafficking task force, the agency said. Border Patrol agents seized the SUV.
The four children and their mother were released.